Group Leader: Dombi Péter
Certain ultrafast atomic and molecular processes are accessible to human eyes only by using some, yet less well-known features of lasers. For this particular use, specific laser systems are built. These lasers can emit almost white light providing an excellent tool for observing processes that happen in the course of femtoseconds (a billionth of a millionth of a second). The procedure is similar to the usage of a camera that takes several snapshots of a motion: the observation relies on controlled, very short flashes of laser light. With these laser pulses we can “record” such processes. The fastest processes in various materials and nanosystems have the potential to enable ultrahigh-speed data processing and the production of very short electron bunches.